Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: California and South Dakota
I'll try to find some time to work on that request. But in short, we do initially separate the two (generally - though not always) into different lessons then bring them together - however we do retrieve play with dogs at the end of any session of training, from whoa work to bird intro to heeling. We find that ending the session with play retrieving de-stresses the dog and has the added bonus of making the retrieve a great reward for most dogs.
Knowledge and tools all help in training your dog, but have no worth whatsoever if one does not get up and actually go train.